Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Thai/New Zealand Language and Cultural Exchange

Today we were delighted to welcome His Excellency Mr Maris Sangiampongsa, Ambassador of Thailand, who was here to speak to our younger students about the Thai/New Zealand Language and Cultural Exchange programme. The delegation was greeted with the College haka and then welcomed by Head Girl GypsyMae Harihona-Harrison. Mr Olsen then introduced Ambassador Marris who addressed students, talking about Thailand and the ASEAN community, as well as the Embassy's student exchange programme and it's aims, encouraging students to put their names forward for this incredible cultural opportunity. As one of the seven students nationwide who took part in the programme for 2016, Y12 student Holly Malcolm thanked the Ambassador for travelling to the College, before joining the Thai delegation, Senior Management and our Top Six students for a morning tea in the Redcastle.

The Thai/New Zeland Language and Cultural Exchange programme aims to promote the cultural exchange of ideas and experiences, and to also immerse Thai students in conversational English through the presence of the exchange students in their schools and communities. If you would like more information please see Holly.

Gong'an Presentation

At our Admin Assembly this week, the visiting students from Gong'an No1 Middle School were presented with certificates from the College.  Thank you to Diane Vidallon for helping us with the presentation.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Deputy Principal's Message

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

With Mr Olsen away at the Aoraki Principals Meeting it is my pleasure to address you this week. I must say that it has been a week that epitomises what it means to be a Kevinian and to live our FIRE Values every day.

Last weekend we opened the College for the Bishop's Shield, to share our St Kevin's College Family with the visiting competitors and staff.  Thank you to all of the students who competed, the families who opened their homes and to the army of student and staff volunteers who made the weekend so successful.  
Well done to our sporting teams who have achieved so much over the winter sporting season, showing Integrity on and off the sports field.  Thank you to all of the coaches, managers and supporter who volunteer countless hours to bring out the sporting best in our students.  With Tournament week approaching I am always very proud of the Respect that our students display for the competition whilst wearing the St Kevin's College crest and all of the tradition that it stands for.

Yesterday Ms Walshe joined Riley Chandler, Max Stewart and their families at the Class Act Awards Ceremony in Dunedin.  Their all around Excellence makes them worthy recipients and I congratulate them on their many achievements during their time at St Kevin's.
Finally I would like to thank parents and caregivers for their support with our request to keep students who are unwell at home.  With winter colds and flu like symptoms holding on to the last of the winter days, along with tummy bugs and gastro illness, student health is important as we lead into the work end of the school year.

May God bless you
Kerry Ryan, Deputy Principal

Welcome Gong'an No.1 Middle School

As we bade farewell to our Obirin friends, we welcomed to our College Community a group of students from Gong'an No.1 Middle School in Wuhan, China, to St Kevin's.  During their stay in Oamaru they will be hosted by the College Hostel and take in a number of educational points of interest as well as joining their St Kevin's "buddies" in a number of regular classes.  They were welcomed on Wednesday morning with a powhiri from our Y10 students.

Making A Mark

Anna Craig (Y11) is making her mark in the trapshooting scene!  Last weekend at the Aoraki Secondary Schools competition she placed first in the Girls Single Rise and also the Girls Point Score, and took third in the Girls Single Barrel event.  However, the boys were not about to let her take all of the College glory and placed second in the team event!  Well done everyone and thank you to the parents and coaches who support and travel with the students.

Class Act 2016

Congratulations to Riley Chandler and Max Stewart who are our Class Act recipients for 2016!  They were presented with their awards by Prime Minister John Key at a special ceremony in Dunedin yesterday.  Both Riley and Max were nominated for the Class Act award because of their achievements in all aspects of College life and looking on the walls of the Auditorium foyer they are in great "Class Act" company.  The award comes with a scholarship to assist with future study. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mother Courage

There was a real treat during lunchtime today as the Senior Drama students shared their interpretation of three scenes from Mother Courage as part of their NCEA assessment.  The Library Quad provided the perfect setting for a "theatre in the round" presentation and students and staff were a very appreciative audience.  Thank you to Colin Clearwater and Musical Theatre Oamaru for the use of the Mother Courage cart!   Well done everyone!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Otago Co-ed Schools Rugby Final

It was a close, hard fought match against South Otago from Balclutha on Murray Field yesterday at the College.  In their final game for the season the 1st XV were facing off in the Otago Co-ed Schools Final and were well supported by students and staff during the lunchtime fixture.  Unfortunately the 22-18 score did not reflect in our favour but Mr Fowler said he was proud of their commitment and determination shown by the boys.  Well done to all of you on your season.

Hockey Team Recognition

Some of our Senior Girls Hockey Players with the trophy
Congratulations to the Girls 1st XI Hockey Team who not only placed third in the league this season - beating Waitaki Girl's 6-1 in the playoffs - but they were also awarded the cup for The Most Improved Team at the recent North Otago Hockey Prize Giving.  They have had an excellent season, dominating interschool competition for the College.  Well done girls!

Guest Speaker At SKC Young Farmers

On the 16th of August Blue Cross vet, Dave Robertson gave a passionate talk to the SKC Young Farmers and budding vets about how he came to be a vet, what an average day for a vet looks like and he showed them the inside of his new truck!  Dave is a leading kiwi vet who won NZ Sheep and Beef Vet of the Year in 2015. The students really enjoyed the talk and it gave them great insight to life as a vet and how to become one! - Ella Sanderson

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bishop's Shield 2016

What an amazing weekend at the College!   The Bishop's Shield came to town on Friday in the form of students from Verdon, St Peter's, Kavanagh and of course SKC and we were immediately presented with the best in public speaking the four schools had to offer.   Our sincerest thanks to all of the staff and students who rallied to volunteer their time over the course of the weekend and also to our adjudicators who had the unenviable task of ranking the competitors!  A special thank you to the staff who coached students in the various sections and also to Mr Mullally for coordinating the event on behalf of the College.

Whilst it was St Peter's who were awarded the Bishop's Shield for 2016 our St Kevin's College team did not disappoint in their efforts, taking 2nd place in both the Senior and Junior Drama's, 2nd in the Prepared Speech section and 2nd in the Senior Debating.  We also congratulate Josh Cunningham who won the Boyce Family Cup for Most Promising Senior Dramatic Performance.

North Otago U17 Netball

Gemma Dowling, Molly Kay, Tivinia Misiloi, Whitney Cleveland, Amanda Sheehan and Brytnee Firman were selected to play for the U17 North Otago netball team this season. The team, captained by Whitney and coached by Kate Mihaere and Georgina Salter, had a very positive season achieving excellent results. In their first tournament, the South Canterbury Tournament, they were unbeaten with wins vs South Canterbury, Selwyn A and Selwyn B. The North Otago Netball Centre hosted the South Zone Tournament at the beginning of July and North Otago finished very creditable Runners up to Southland in an exciting home final. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the girls in the final. The team then competed in the National U17 tournament in Rangiora, the first time North Otago has been represented at this level in more than 20 years. The team played very well finishing in 26th place out of the 40 entered teams. This was a great achievement. The girls represented North Otago with pride. Very well done girls.